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New criminal justice powers in force, 27/06/03 [S]

Powers contained in the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act, passed by the Scottish Parliament earlier this year, come into force on 27 June 2003 including increased penalties for possession and distribution of child pornography.

Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson said the new laws will not only close loopholes that criminals could exploit but enable the law abiding majority in Scotland to be safe and to feel safe.

The new measures include:

  • increased penalties for possession and distribution of child pornography from six months and three years imprisonment to five and 10 years imprisonment respectively

  • a new offence of trafficking in prostitution

  • provisions relating to offences aggravated by religious prejudice

  • interim anti-social behaviour orders to provide more immediate protection


Scottish Ministers can also now take the initial steps towards setting up a Risk Management Authority.

For more information see Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003.